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Best Tablet 2014: Which tablet should you buy?

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LG G Pad 8.3

Originally reviewed by 11 March 2014

Best Value Tablet

Key features: 8.3-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixel IPS display, Quad-core processor, microSD memory slot

The good:

  • Screen quality
  • Good performance
  • Premium design at a low price

The bad:

  • Poor camera
  • Some software issues
If the Nexus 7 is too small and an iPad mini Retina is a little out of your price range, then the LG G Pad 8.3 is the affordable Android alternative.

The G Pad is available in white, or a better looking shade of black. The aluminium and plastic body strikes a good balance between portability and screen size, making it comfortable to use with one hand.

The screen does not offer the highest resolution at this size, but is more than adequate. It’s still sharp enough for reading text and has good viewing angles for watching high resolution video.

It runs a slightly older version of Android - 4.2 Jelly Bean to be precise. This means you won't get all Google's bells and whistle. It's also layered with LG’s usual custom interface which is not quite as good as the stock Android on the Nexus 7.

It doesn’t have a cutting-edge processor, but along with the 2GB of RAM does muster up decent performance. You can play 3D games with ease and it manages an acceptable six hours of battery life.

While you do have to make some spec compromises, this tablet is one of the best value tablets to own right now.

Price: £200/$279

Our Score

8/10
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